London snow: Hundreds flock to park for snowball fight and sledging despite lockdown rules

London snow: Primrose Hill busy during wintry weather

Hundreds of people were spotted on Primrose Hill sledging and having snowball fights despite strict lockdown rules. Footage shared on social media sparked social distancing concerns as people flouted the Government’s message. Boris Johnson had urged Brits on Friday to stick to the measures as new variants of Covid appeared to potentially be more deadly. 

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan was also out enjoying the weather.

He posted a video of his family’s golden retriever Luna spinning around the garden as the snow fell.

“Luna is loving the snow and hoping it settles,” he said.

The Met Office put a yellow weather warning in place stretching from coast to coast in southern England and ending just below Manchester.

The public were warned to expect some icy patches on untreated roads and pavements, with journeys by road and rail likely to be affected.

Highways England warned that the snow had caused collisions on the M3, M27 and M25.

The agency urged drivers to only travel if absolutely necessary.

A yellow warning is also in place down the east coast of Scotland and covering most of the island of Ireland.

Carol Vorderman admires the snow in Bristol

The showers of sleet and snow are expected to die out, with a heavy frost due across most parts of the country on Sunday evening.

The wintry showers will continue in north and western parts of the UK.

The Met Office said disruptions caused by snow were likely to continue throughout Sunday.

It said in a Twitter post: “Outbreaks of snow will continue over parts of north Wales, the Midlands, East Anglia and south-east England with some further significant accumulations causing disruption.

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“Wintry showers will also affect western parts with local temporary accumulations and a risk of ice.”

Meteorologist Simon Partridge said:”The Midlands is where we are going to see the snow lasting the longest.

“The band of snow that came through overnight stalled over the Midlands and will then track its way back over south-east England.”

He added: “Temperatures are expected to dip to between minus 4C (24.8F) and minus 6C (21.2F) quite widely tonight and where we get that snow lying in parts of the Midlands we could see one or two places where temperatures are as low as minus 10C (14F).”

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